In 2007, Reformed pastor Mark Dever wrote a ten part blog titled, Where’d all these Calvinists come from?(1) He wrote from a historical perspective detailing 10 influences, which have caused Calvinism to surge since the 1950’s. His thesis was that certain people, publishers, and events have caused a Calvinistic revival. The purpose of this article is not to answer the question from a historical perspective, but rather from a personal perspective by observing the theological background of current Calvinists in the Southern Baptist Convention. Recently on a Reformed Facebook page, a survey asked Calvinists to provide their religious denominational background. (2) The options included Baptist (Non-Reformed), Pentecostal, Non-Denominational, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist (Reformed), and a few others. Close to 1000 people responded to the survey, and the number one response was Baptist (Non-Reformed). Over 1/3 of all those who were surveyed had a background in a Traditionalist Baptist church. So, where’d all these Calvinists come from? Many of them come from Traditional Baptist churches. Continue reading
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Cor 3:16)
The church in the New Testament has replaced the sacred Old Testament temple. The New Testament says that Christ’s body is a temple (John 2:19–21), the universal church is a temple (Eph 2:20–21), the individual Christian’s body is a temple (1 Cor 6:19), and in this verse the local church is a temple of God. The you is plural in this passage, signifying the corporate local body of believers. Consequently, every local New Testament church is a temple of God. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at theological matters and is used by permission.
In 2016, approximately 18 million adults in the U.S. were in cohabiting relationships. This represents a 27 percent increase since 2007. While more than half of cohabiters are under 35 years old, the increase is more significant among those older than 50. This demographic has seen a 75 percent increase in cohabitation over the last decade. When the rising rates of cohabitation are coupled with declining marriage rates, the visibility of cohabitation in American culture has seen a marked increase. Continue reading